A bill to close aging coal fired power plants along the Front Range and retrofit and replace them with cleaner burning natural gas facilities is making its way through the legislature. The measure requires the state’s largest utility, Xcel Energy, to come up with a plan to do so by this summer. Bente Birkeland examines the political and economic impacts as part of our Capitol Conversation series.

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · The top two presidential candidates in Afghanistan shake hands and sign a power-sharing deal, ending months of bitter disputes over who will succeed Hamid Karzai.
 

September 21, 2014 | NPR · The People’s Climate March is timed to draw the notice of world leaders gathering for this week’s U.N. Climate Summit in New York.
 

September 21, 2014 | WSHU · In Norwalk, Conn., a new hotel focusing on fitness targets business travelers who want to stick to healthy routines while on the road. It’s a new niche for the hospitality industry.
 

Arts & Life

September 21, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Wade Goodwyn speaks with young Korean-American actor Ki Hong Lee, who appears in the new film, The Maze Runner, about how he broke into acting, and Asian-Americans in Hollywood.
 

September 21, 2014 | NPR · Astrophysicist Roberto Trotta argues that we don’t need jargon. He tells NPR’s Wade Goodwyn he’s compiled a history of the universe as we know it, using only the 1,000 most-common English words.
 

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September 21, 2014 | NPR · NPR’s Michel Martin asks a panel of award-winning playwrights how diverse artists are challenging Broadway’s landscape, and whether it matters.
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · The Oscar and Grammy Award-winning R&B singer says her new album, JHUD, has more energy than her previous ballad-heavy albums, and expresses more of her “everyday person.”
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · A certain someone hates the word “songstress.” What else should be abolished from music writing?
 

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September 20, 2014 | NPR · As a kid, Scottish soul singer Paolo Nutini fell in love with male harmony groups like The Drifters. He says the fragility on those old recordings inspired the sound of his new album, Caustic Love.
 

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